Egypt's Sisi meets Libyan general Khalifa Haftar in Cairo

Over 120 killed, nearly 600 wounded in Libya fighting: WHO

Over 120 killed, nearly 600 wounded in Libya fighting: WHO

"The forces of the Libyan army shot down an enemy plane that was preparing to conduct air raids in the Wadi al-Rabie area", Government of National Accord spokesman Mohamed Gnounou told AFP.

Fighting in Libya has escalated in recent weeks, as clashes between Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar's Libyan National Army (LNA) and forces loyal to the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) near the city of Tripoli has claimed live of more than 120 people.

Haftar met with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo on Sunday over the latest developments in war-torn Libya, the Egyptian presidency said in a statement.

A statement from Sisi's office following the pair's meeting did not mention Haftar's offensive directly but "confirmed Egypt's support for efforts to combat terrorism and extremist groups and militias in order to achieve security and stability for the Libyan citizen". Sisi, a former army chief, has led a far-reaching crackdown on Islamists with Egypt and has blamed Libya-based militants for some cross-border attacks.

United Nations envoy Ghassan Salame said a school was bombed in the town of Ain Zara, around 15 kilometres southeast of Tripoli, without saying who was responsible. "No matter how obstinate one becomes, there is no solution except a political one", Ghassan Salame said in a Twitter post.

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At least 121 people have died in clashes between rival militias fighting for control of Libya's capital, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Sunday.

LNA forces have captured most of eastern Syria from Islamist groups and launched an offensive on Tripoli, which is held by a number of militias and the base of Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj's UN-backed government.

A military aircraft belonging to Haftar's forces crashed on Sunday south of Tripoli, the Sky News Arabia news agency reported. No further details were available.

It is not clear whether Gen Haftar's surprise march on Tripoli was launched with the prior knowledge or the approval of the Egyptians. By moving forces west, his eastern home base is exposed and it may be hard for Haftar to retreat without losing standing among friends and foes alike.

His lightning drive appears to have united diverse factions in western Libya in the defense of Tripoli.

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